De­fend­ing Ivy champ Prince­ton lim­its Lafayette to 162 yards

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The Lafayette of­fense never got things mov­ing on Fri­day night against No. 19 Prince­ton in a na­tion­ally tele­vised game on ESPNU.

Collin Eaddy scored three touch­downs and ran for 89 yards as the reign­ing Ivy League cham­pi­ons beat Lafayette 28-3.

De­fen­sively, Lafayette ju­nior LB Ryan Dick­ens and se­nior co-cap­tain Yasir Thomas fin­ished with 13 tack­les apiece, with Dick­ens reg­is­ter­ing a pair of tack­les for loss with a sack.

Prince­ton held Lafayette to 162 yards in the Leop­ards’ fi­nal non­con­fer­ence game. The Tigers churned out 373 yards of to­tal of­fense (203 rush­ing and 170 pass­ing) at Prince­ton Sta­dium.

The Leop­ard de­fense per­formed well early, while the of­fense tried to find its foot­ing. In the first quar­ter, Lafayette turned it over, but the de­fense buck­led down and forced a 26-yard Prince­ton field goal that slammed off the left up­right.

The de­fense stood tall again with 4:43 left in the open­ing stanza, com­ing up with a fourth-down stop. On 4th-and­goal at the 2-yard line, Mike Hughes and Da­mon Wash­ing­ton stopped Colin Eaddy at the 1-yard line to keep the game score­less.

Prince­ton got on the score­board on its next pos­ses­sion, just be­fore the end of the first quar­ter. Eaddy fin­ished off a six-play, 45-yard drive with a 1-yard run for the 7-0 lead.

The hosts stretched the ad­van­tage to 14-0 with six min­utes left in the half af­ter in­her­it­ing a short field. Need­ing to get the of­fense go­ing, head coach John Gar­rett had the Leop­ards’ of­fense go for it on 4th-and-1 from its own 29-yard line. The Prince­ton de­fense was up to the task, stuff­ing Jaden Sut­ton at the line. Five plays later, Eaddy pounded it into the end zone for the 14-0 lead.

Near the end of the first half, Lafayette used a 41-yard pass from Kee­gan Shoe­maker (17for-25-2 for 129 yards) to Nick Pear­son to get in­side the Prince­ton half. Af­ter a sack, Shoe­maker made a cou­ple of de­fend­ers miss and set up 4th-and-7 at the Prince­ton 34. The Leop­ards con­verted the fourth down with an 11-yard toss to Julius Young to keep the drive alive.

Lafayette had the ball 1stand-10 at the Prince­ton 13, pick­ing up six yards from Shoe­maker to Sel­wyn Simp­son, who played for the first time since Week 2. A sack and an in­com­ple­tion forced a 26-yard field goal by Jef­frey Kor­den­brock as Prince­ton led 14-3 at half­time.

Prince­ton got the ball to start the sec­ond half and scored twice in the third quar­ter to put away the game. Eaddy scored on a three-yard at 11:22, and six min­utes later Tray Gray scored on a 4-yard run.

Lafayette (0-6) opens Pa­triot League play on the road Oct. 19 at Ge­orge­town with a 12:30 p.m. kick­off.


Lafayette’s Sel­wyn Simp­son looks for run­ning room around Prince­ton’s de­fense in the first half Fri­day night. Prince­ton dom­i­nated Lafayette’s of­fense, hold­ing the Leop­ards to just 162 yards.

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